Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Spunk continue to do after his trial?

2. How does Spunk act when he has relations with another man's wife?

3. What is Joe's wife's name?

4. What do the men hear in the beginning of Chapter 2?

5. What word accurately describes Spunk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

2. What is fascinating about Spunk? In finishing Chapter 1, what do you predict will happen to him?

3. Describe the scene surrounding Joe's death.

4. Who is the winner of Hurston's story? How so?

5. How does Joe react when Spunk seduces Lena? Do you think he would have reacted differently if Spunk had not been so intimidating?

6. How does the point of view affect the reader's perspective in Chapter 1?

7. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

8. Who narrates the final chapter? Is this effective?

9. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

10. What does Spunk seem to think the bobcat is?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify at least three instances of foreshadowing in Hurston's novel. Why would these instances be included? How would the story change if they had not been included?

Essay Topic 2

Briefly summarize the incident in which Joe is killed. Why do you think Hurston wrote about it in this way?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think Spunk and Lena are in love? What about Joe and Lena? Support your opinions with specific examples from the novel.

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